South Africa, the current Chair of IORA, will convene the Ninth Bi-annual CSO meeting on 19 – 20 June 2019 in Durban, South Africa with the support of the IORA Secretariat.
The meeting, which will bring together the 22 Member States, Specialised Agencies, CIOS, and will be the last CSO meeting under the chairmanship of South Africa.
The meeting will take stock of the progress made to date under the six priority and two cross-cutting areas. A special focus will be on the outcomes of the recently held 1st IORA Strategic Planning and 2nd Strengthening the IORA Secretariat workshops in April 2019 in Mauritius.
Member States will also discuss preparations for forthcoming events and meetings of IORA’s institutional mechanisms, as well as IORA’s engagement with its international partners, and special programmes such as the IORA Nelson Mandela Internship Programme.
The meeting will also provide an opportunity for Member States to discuss preparations for the forthcoming Council of Ministers Meeting at which the United Arab Emirates will assume the Chair of IORA.